After the commercials, Anderson shorthands it for us: "With sixteen minutes remaining, Al's heart rate soars above one [hundred] thirty. So Myra, an ex-nurse, coaches him to massage his carotid artery." Myra tells Al to rub the artery on the side of his neck, slowly. Bill comments that a carotid massage is "very smart -- of course, if he does it too much, he'll faint." Al finally succeeds in getting his heart rate back down, and the alarm stops beeping. Al just stands there and looks dopey until Myra prompts him to start moving. With just over fifteen minutes left, Al has just started on the first section of the rope. Don't forget that he also has to do the high rope. Al only goes a few steps before the alarm goes off again. He finally finishes the first leg, which Anderson tells us took him thirty-two minutes. Al gets about halfway across the higher rope, but then wavers and almost falls, which of course causes his heart rate to soar and the alarm to sound. The contestants on the ground look frustrated. Rob doesn't think that Al will make it. Finally, with just over nine minutes left, Al is allowed to proceed, and he finally makes it across. Everyone cheers. When Al gets down to the ground, he asks Myra to take his pulse, I guess because he thinks that the monitor is screwy. Myra does, and expresses surprise that Al's pulse is at about one hundred fifty. Heather, who had Al's other wrist, agrees. Al still claims that he doesn't have a problem with heights. Anderson congratulates them, but repeats that they won't find out whether they won any money until later. They move on to the final section.
As the contestants walk out on a bridge, Heather pauses to look over the edge and then comments that it "scares the crap out of [her]." Me too! Yet another reason that I could never be on this show -- my fear of heights. That coupled with my general lack of fitness makes me a poor candidate for any reality show. ["Except maybe the aforementioned Big Brother, which is really tailor-made for a hermit like you." -- Wing Chun] Anderson tells the assembled contestants that the third section is called "the Swing for Life, or if you'd rather, you can call it the Swing for Death. Either one really. It doesn't matter." Hee! Ali, Katie, Patrick, Dorothy, and Elavia have to jump from the bridge and swing from a hundred-foot rope. The contestants get to decide the order. Ali quickly volunteers to go first. Katie wants to go second, and Dorothy wants to go third. Patrick says that he will defer to the ladies, and Elavia decisively says that she will go last. So Patrick is fourth.